Ray Rebeck of West Bloomfield at last year’s Walk for Israel.
Ray Rebeck of West Bloomfield at last year’s Walk for Israel.

Annual Walk for Israel slated for May 6.

The Metro Detroit community will celebrate the State of Israel on Sunday, May 6, beginning at noon, at the 13th annual Walk for Israel and 5K Family Fun Run.

Thousands of Israel supporters will attend this community wide event with participants not only from the Jewish community but the Chaldean community, the black community and from numerous surrounding suburbs.

There will be carnival games, face painting, bouncies, balloon art, (kosher) popcorn and family fun for all, along with a free kosher lunch provided by Jerusalem Pizza, which will be served at 12:30 p.m. for all attendees.

Ray Rebeck of West Bloomfield at last year’s Walk for Israel.
Ray Rebeck of West Bloomfield at last year’s Walk for Israel.

Israeli-style food trucks will be selling their special tasty treats. The Walk for Israel, which begins and ends at Temple Shir Shalom, will get under way at 1:30 p.m. It is expected that the thousands of attendees will form a line stretching more than a mile long. Participants are encouraged to make and bring along floats, which they can use to show their support for Israel.

”The Walk for Israel is essential because it is a unifying event,” Andre Douville, CEO for the Walk for Israel, said. “The walk brings our communities together to celebrate the State of Israel. Jews, non-Jews, African Americans, Chaldeans, Americans and non-Americans. The idea is for all of us to celebrate how many things we all have in common with Israel and to better understand the importance of the Israel-United States relationship. The Walk for Israel is nonpartisan and nonpolitical and celebrates the modern state of Israel.”

A special guest speaker will be featured this year, beginning at 11 a.m. inside Temple Shir Shalom. Ambassador Ido Aharoni will discuss the Nation Branding program he initiated for the State of Israel. The program was designed to improve Israel’s positioning in the world by highlighting its relative advantages and increasing its relevance.

Aharoni serves as global distinguished professor at New York University’s School of International Relations and is a 25-year veteran of Israel’s foreign service. Ambassador Aharoni has been Israel’s longest serving consul-general in New York and the tri-state area to date. He held that position for six years, overseeing the operations of Israel’s largest diplomatic mission worldwide.

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, Michigan Reps. Brenda Lawrence, Sandy Levin and Mike Trott, and State Rep. Clint Kesto, along with Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner, are expected to attend and offer their leadership and support.

Earlier in the day, beginning at 8 a.m., there will be a 5K Run for Israel, which also starts and ends at Temple Shir Shalom.

For more information, visit walkforisrael.org or call Temple Shir Shalom at (248) 737-8700.

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